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    Board Committee Decision on Revised Policy 2190
    Posted on 10/09/2019

    In response to questions from the community and district staff, I want to directly address the Curriculum and Instruction Committee’s decision to not move revised Board Policy 2190, Highly Capable Services and Advanced Learning Programs, to the full board for introduction.

    Board Policy 0300, Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity, guides our work and in adopting our new strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, we have publicly committed to actively undoing legacies of racism in our school district.

    For 17 months the Advanced Learning Task Force has been meeting to explore solutions to address a lack of diverse representation in the district’s advanced learning programs. Policy changes were introduced to the Curriculum and Instruction Committee on October 8, 2019, that would have dramatically increased advanced learning opportunities for students of color who are furthest away from educational justice.

    Changes to Board Policy 2190 were tabled in committee because directors could not reach a majority vote to move it to the full board. While I am disappointed that the recommended changes won’t be introduced and discussed by the full board later this month, staff remain steadfast in the commitment to desegregating our services and programs and advancing racial equity as outlined in the board approved strategic plan.

    Every student that walks through our doors should know that we believe in their giftedness and potential, and our policies and practices need to reflect this belief.

    - Superintendent Juneau

    Read more about Seattle Excellence the district's strategic plan

    Read Policy 0030